On Friday, September 8, 2017, at 2:02 p.m., the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a stabbing that just occurred at the Lake Shasta Pines RV Park, space #7 located at 19663 Solus Campground Road, Lakehead, CA. Upon deputies’ arrival, they located an adult male victim near space #10 with multiple stab wounds to the upper torso and back. The Victim’s name will not be released pending notification of next of kin. Information regarding what type of weapon or instrument used in the stabbing will not be released for the integrity of the investigation. The Victim was transported to Mercy Hospital in Redding for treatment; however, he died as a result of his injuries. An autopsy is scheduled for early next week.
While deputies were on scene they learned from witnesses in the area that the stabbing suspect was named “Chris,” later identified as Christopher David Murphey, 39 years old of Lakehead. As local law enforcement agencies and air operations with CHP checked the area for Murphey, they received information that he was possibly driving his blue, 2015 Toyota Tacoma truck. A BOLO was issued to all area law enforcement agencies as well as neighboring counties and the California Highway Patrol. Deputies were able to make cellphone contact with Murphey who stated he was injured due to self-inflicted wounds he made to himself after the stabbing and that he wanted to commit suicide.
Murphey’s Toyota truck was subsequently located in Siskiyou County, on northbound Interstate 5 near the south Yreka exit, by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. Murphey was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and he was taken into custody without incident. Murphey was treated at the Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka for his self-inflicted injuries that consisted of cuts to his right forearm and right upper leg. Murphey was then transported to Shasta County where he was booked into the Shasta County Jail for 187(a) PC: Murder. Bail has been set at 1 million dollars, and Murphey is scheduled to be arraigned on September 12, 2017 at 1:30 P.M.
Detectives are conducting searches of residences and are doing follow up interviews with witnesses in an attempt to determine the cause of the stabbing. If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.